Tehran 0
18 February 2021

After an EU official expressed readiness to convene “an informal meeting” of JCPOA participants and the U.S., a U.S. diplomatic spokesperson indicated that Washington “would accept an invitation from the EU High Representative.., to discuss a diplomatic way forward on Iran’s nuclear program”. A senior U.S. official noted that “the goal of coming together would be to… start what could be a prolonged path of trying to get back to a situation where both the U.S. and Iran were back into compliance”, and then “build on that to broaden and strengthen the deal”. In parallel, the State Department confirmed that it had withdrawn “the previous administration’s position on the UN Security Council Iran sanctions snapback issue”, acknowledging that “Resolution 2231 remains in full effect”; the U.S. UN mission had also “notified the Iranian mission that the U.S. is bringing the domestic travel controls on Iranian representatives back in line with those in place for several other missions to the UN”. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif subsequently tweeted that “the U.S. [needs to] unconditionally and effectively lift all sanctions imposed, re-imposed or re-labeled by Trump. We will then immediately reverse all remedial measures”.

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